If your baby is diagnosed with deformational Plagiocephaly, brachycephaly or scaphocephaly and is between the ages of 3 and 18 months, your clinician may prescribe a cranial remolding orthosis. This is a non-invasive treatment to correct Plagiocephaly and allow your child’s head to grow naturally.
Cranial remolding orthoses are custom molded to encourage the skull to become more symmetrical and/or proportional. A cranial remolding orthosis does not squeeze the baby’s head into shape, but rather redirects growth and provides the space into which the flattened portion of the skull can grow.
Early orthotic intervention starting between three and eight months of age yields the best results. This strategic time period captures rapid cranial growth, and the orthosis directs the growth towards greater skull symmetry and proportion.
Babies’ heads are soft and malleable and even gentle external forces, whether met in the womb or in baby’s daily routine, can cause misshaping. The good news is, babies with plagiocephaly typically respond very well to noninvasive treatments.